Cicurinidae  F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1893 / Cicurina  Menge, 1871   3 species

Cicurina japonica  (Simon, 1886)


Male palp with almost globular patella, thicker than tibia. Tibial apophysis long and paddle-shaped. Conductor with 2 spiral twists, second one distinctly projecting. Embolus long and thin. Epigyne with large groove, large receptacula seminis and medially convoluted entrance ducts visible through epigyne. Prosoma pale yellow with distinctive thoracic furrow, lenses of posterior eye row partly variably reduced. Chelicerae with large basal segments and 3 teeth on anterior furrow margin. Opisthosoma oval, pale yellow, moderately densely haired. Spinnerets weakly conical.

Body length male: 2.1-3.3 mm
Body length female: 2.1-3.3 mm
Additional information

In open locations with much stony debris, imported to Central Europe

This species of Asian origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Korea, Japan. Introduced to Europe
 male  female
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Denmark   (Lissner & Scharff, 2019) ||| Germany   (Blick et al., 2016) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Switzerland   (Hänggi & Stäubli, 2012) |||

Blick T, Finch O-D, Harms K H, Kiechle J, Kielhorn K-H , Kreuels M, Malten A, Martin D, Muster C, Nährig D, Platen R, Rödel I, Scheidler M, Staudt A, Stumpf H, Tolke D (2016) Rote Liste und Gesamtartenliste der Spinnen (Arachnida: Araneae) Deutschlands. 3. Fassung, Stand April 2008, einzelne Änderungen und Nachträge bis August 2015. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 70/4: 383-510 pdf

Hänggi A, Stäubli A (2012) Nachträge zum „Katalog der schweizerischen Spinnen“: 4. Neunachweise von 2002 bis 2011. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 44: 59-76 pdf

Lissner J, Scharff N (2019) Danish Spiders. Formerly online at pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2008) New records for the Italian spider fauna (Arachnida, Araneae). Arthropoda Selecta 17: 133-144 pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

Wunderlich J, Hänggi A (2005) Cicurina japonica (Araneae: Dictynidae) - eine nach Mitteleuropa eingeschleppte Kräuselspinnenart. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 29: 20-24 pdf

25-01-2024 Distribution update Detail
03-09-2013 Image insert